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LGBTQ history dates back to early times with same-sex relationships and transcendence of gender norms recorded throughout ancient Egypt, Rome and Mesopotamia, in medieval Chinese poetry, among the Native American Two-Spirit people and in nearly every documented culture. Today, each memorial, museum, archive and landmark provides an important remembrance of the reality and contributions of those who came before to celebrate and honor a rich and storied heritage. 

New York City, United States

Perhaps the most famous gay bar in America, The Stonewall Inn was the site of the 1969 riots that ushered in a new era for gay rights in America.  Though...
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London, England

Once a Victorian concert hall, the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern has long been a fixture on London's gay scene. In 2015, it was awarded protected status and became...
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Berlin, Germany

The first gay museum in the world. The permanent exhibit focuses on the history of the Gay Rights struggle, while the museum plays host to numerous rotating...
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Toronto, Canada

Boasting as the largest independent LGBTQ archives in the world, The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives is located in the Gay Village and features an...
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New York City, United States

Formed in San Francisco in 1955 to give lesbians a safe social alternative to bars, the Daughters of Bilitis soon had a chapter in New York City, organized by...
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Berlin, Germany

Unfortunately, it is hard to avoid Germany's tragic history even as a tourist, and a truly well-rounded experience of the country requires a tough visit to the...
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Los Angeles, United States

Will Rogers - sometimes known as Ginger Rogers Beach - has been LA's unofficial gay beach since the 1960s. About 15 miles from West Hollywood, the stretch for fun...
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Sitges, Spain

The seaside Pink Triangle Monument recalls the 1996 riots following a police crackdown of gay men on the beach at night and the murder of a gay waiter by...
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New York City, United States

The funky Pyramid Club in the East Village is where the art of drag was defined and refined in the 1980s by legendary drag queens like RuPaul and Lady Bunny....
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San Francisco, United States

Also known as the "Queer Smithsonian," the GLBT History Museum is the first stand-alone museum to celebrate and document the evolution of the modern queer...
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Barcelona, Spain

A large granite triangle bordered in pink, commemorating LGBTQ victims of persecution throughout history, was erected next to the Catalonian Parliament in 2011....
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Los Angeles, United States

New Year's 1967 - two years before Stonewall, LGBTQ - the Black Cat Tavern on the Sunset Strip was the scene of police brutality against the LGBTQ community,...
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San Francisco, United States

Opened in 1933 in a former Standard Oil Company gas station, The White Horse may just be the oldest continuously operating gay and lesbian bar in the United...
  • LGBTQ

Los Angeles, United States

A historic-cultural landmark dating from 1923, the Biltmore is lushly and plushly decorated with frescos, murals, crystal chandeliers, carved marble fountains and...
  • LGBTQ-friendly

Key West, United States

The names of AIDS victims with ties to Key West are inscribed on Zimbabwe granite and embedded in the walkway leading to White Street Pier. A commemorative...
  • Cultural & Historical

New York City, United States

Housed at The Hetrick-Martin Institute, the Harvey Milk School opened in 1985 as an educational haven for LGBT teens.  Many students came to the Institute as...
  • Cultural & Historical
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New York City, United States

Converted into luxury condos in 2014, Washington Square Methodist Episopal Church is remembered for its Vietnam activism and acceptance of the LGBTQ community....
  • Cultural & Historical

New York City, United States

St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center was a behemoth of a hospital, founded in 1849 in the West Village during a cholera epidemic and serving in countless...
  • Cultural & Historical

New York City, United States

The New York chapter of the Los Angeles-based Mattachine Society was established in 1955 with an office in the Gilded Age-era St. James Building on Madison Square...
  • Cultural & Historical

New York City, United States

Built in 1890 to honor the first American foreign missionary, Judson Memorial Church took on a new mission in the mid-20th century to champion civil rights,...
  • Cultural & Historical

New York City, United States

A Victorinox Swiss Army shop is on the site today, but in 1972 the Gay Activist Alliance Firehouse opened, offering a safe and fun place to party, organize, hang...
  • Cultural & Historical

New York City, United States

Frank Kameny, a US Army astronomer fired in 1957 because of his sexuality, is remembered for suing the US government, the first known civil rights lawsuit based...
  • Cultural & Historical

New York City, United States

Edna St. Vincent Millay, the bisexual poet and playwright who wrote lyrical poetry about female sexuality, lived for a time at 75 1/2 Bedford Street, which is the...
  • Cultural & Historical
  • Architecture

New York City, United States

The American trans woman Christine Jorgensen, born George William Jorgensen Jr., became internationally famous after her sex reassignment surgery in Copenhagen in...
  • Cultural & Historical

New York City, United States

Jazz great Billy Strayhorn, an openly gay black musician who collaborated with Duke Ellington for over three decades, wrote "Take the A Train" and "The Lush Life"...
  • Cultural & Historical

New York City, United States

Audre Lorde, the poet and civil rights activist, was a black lesbian and feminist who lived with her partner Frances Clayton and Lorde's two children on Staten...
  • Cultural & Historical

New York City, United States

A striking red building near Astor Place in the East Village, Webster Hall has been a "hall for hire" since its opening by Polish cigar maker Charles Goldstein in...
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Hong Kong, China

Opened in the 1950s as "Waltzing Matilda" by an Australian merchant seaman by the name of Michael Leslie Thomas Sims, the New Wally Matt Lounge has changed name...
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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Housed behind a curved red brick and white marble facade of the Stopera building in a bend of the Amstel River, Amsterdam's City Hall is the site of the world's...
  • Cultural & Historical
  • Architecture

Berlin, Germany

Spinnboden is a lesbian archive in a library that was founded as an "Archive to the Discovery and Conservation of Women-Love" in 1973. The strong point of the...
  • Museum
  • Cultural & Historical

Los Angeles, United States

The Wall: Las Memorias AIDS Monument is the first publicly funded AIDS monument in the United States. Dedicated in 2004, the $700,000 monument in a serene park...
  • Cultural & Historical

Los Angeles, United States

Jewel's Catch One was the first black gay-lesbian nightclub in Los Angeles - maybe in the US - and the first LA disco owned by a black woman. It closed in 2015...

Los Angeles, United States

In the center of downtown, Pershing Square was a historic park that became a prime cruising ground in the mid-20th century, inspiring John Rechy's classic "City...
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  • Park

Washington DC, United States

Deacon Maccubbin founded Lambda Rising, a LGBT bookstore, in 1974 in 300 square feet (28 m2) and moved several times, growing it to 4,800 square feet (450 m2)...
  • Cultural & Historical

Washington DC, United States

Historical marker HM1M14 on the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail is all that remains of Nob Hill, one of America's first openly gay bars for and run by African...
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New York City, United States

A small and unassuming park at the juncture of Christopher Street and 7th Avenue, Christopher Park-along with the Stonewall Inn-is on the New York State Register...
  • Cultural & Historical
  • Park

Berlin, Germany

"Monument for the Murdered Jews of Europe." One block south of the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial has become one of Berlin's most visited sites and most...
  • Cultural & Historical

San Francisco, United States

Harvey Milk ran his camera shop and four political campaigns out of a Victorian storefront at 575 Castro Street and also lived upstairs. The space was...
  • Cultural & Historical

Chicago, United States

A National Historic Landmark since 2015, the Henry Gerber House was home to the German-born founder of the Society for Human Rights, incorporated in Illinois as...
  • Cultural & Historical

San Francisco, United States

Birthplace of the Beat movement, and one of the most famous bookstores in America, City Lights has been in North Beach since the 1950s. Owned by poet Lawrence...

San Francisco, United States

Yes, it's been nicknamed the Glass Coffin, and though the crowd does skew way over 40, it's still a landmark bar and an integral part of the fabric of The Castro....
  • For Men

San Francisco, United States

Dedicated in 2002, Pink Triangle Park is the first US monument to the gay victims of the Holocaust. In the center of the park is a pink triangle--the symbol gay...
  • Cultural & Historical
  • Park

Chicago, United States

One would never assume a leather/BDSM museum existed on this quiet, tree-lined street in Rogers Park. Leather Archives & Museum includes a collections...
  • Other

Fort Lauderdale, United States

The Stonewall National Museum and Archives - with roots in the early 1970s - has a museum at its Wilton Manors location and a 4,000-square-foot (372 sq. m.)...
  • Cultural & Historical
  • Museum

Los Angeles, United States

The ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, housed at the University of Southern California Libraries, is the world's largest repository of LGBTQ materials and has...
  • Museum
  • Art

New York City, United States

A remarkable historical resource in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the Herstory Archives--established in 1974--has gathered an impressive collection of lesbiana across...
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  • Cultural & Historical
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Amsterdam, Netherlands

While Jews wore a yellow Star of David in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, the homosexuals were made to wear a pink triangle on their clothing as a sign...
  • Cultural & Historical
  • Art

Los Angeles, United States

The City of Los Angeles renamed the Cove Avenue stairway as the Mattachine Steps in 2014 on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Harry Hay, considered the father...
  • Cultural & Historical

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